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28 February, 2018

Energy Efficiency, Thermal Comfort and Housing for older citizens

Many of us are well aware of the global phenomena taking place in world demographics and the structural ageing of the population.  Indeed Bernard Bernanke, former Governor of the US Federal Reserve Bank stated “In the coming decades, many forces will shape our economy and our society, but in all likelihood, no single factor will have [...]

13 December, 2017

The power of Architecture – Flying Monks

Songshan Mountain is a sacred & UNESCO World Heritage listed site in rural Henan, Central China. Designed by Latvian Studio Mailitis Architects, the Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre is nested along Songshan’s hillside, creating a new landmark amongst the existing traditional structures such as the Shaolin Monastery and the Songyang Confucian Academy. It houses a vertical [...]

7 December, 2017

Marquee on Meron – Vertical and rooftop gardens in Southport PDA, Gold Coast

Marquee on Meron, designed by Lightwave, commenced construction in November. This development sits in the Garden Residential Precinct on the southern end of the PDA area.  Meron Street and Bauer Streets have long been recognised for their relaxed landscape character and the PDA envisages this character be maintained as the area morphs into a high [...]

7 December, 2017

Azur Samui Villas – Luxury private pool villas in Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui Villas at Azur roll out after a number of years in the design, planning and construction stages.  Azur Samui is a luxury resort located in the lush green hills of Koh Samui, with spectacular panoramic views over the Gulf to the neighbouring island of Koh Pha Ngan. The Lightwave designed villas spatial planning [...]

6 December, 2017

10 Principles to design for people with Dementia

Lightwave team members recently attended a Dementia Design workshop run by Dementia Training Australia. The workshop has been put together by the eminent Richard Fleming, a professor from the University of Wollongong who has spent a lifetime researching the role of the built environment in relation to people with dementia.  As care philosophies move from [...]

10 February, 2015

A beautiful and sustainable house adjoining Springbrook National Park

A disused banana farm overrun by noxoius weeds, on the fringes of a world heritage national park, provided the perfect clean slate for sustainable design. Acquired by a couple with strong environmental values, the Austinville project was part of a larger strategy for them to give back to the environment. With a long history in [...]

10 February, 2015

Designing enjoyable workspaces

Lightwave International & Glenzeil have recently completed the Design & Construction for Centrepoint Alliance’s Queensland Head Office situated in Bundall on the Gold Coast. It spans over approximately 1200m2 on Level 13&14 of Corporate Centre Tower No1, with stunning 360 degrees views over the Pacific Ocean, Broadwater & Gold Coast Hinterland. Together with a young [...]

20 May, 2013

Permanent Modular Construction – what is it really?

Economic downturns tend to generate innovation, and in the design and construction industry, this may manifest in new materials, services and construction systems to name a few.  One such system that has been topical is modular construction, and indeed, we’ve seen a lot of development of modular construction systems and delivered projects. But what is [...]

20 May, 2013

Cost Effective Education Spaces

When looking for a school to send our kids there is always a multitude of factors that we consider.  Location, cost, curriculum, facilities, clientele, overall school presentation and more all contribute to the decision.  The quality of education facilities may not necessarily reflect the quality of the education provided, but they can go a long [...]

6 March, 2012

Architectural Innovation in Aged Care

Aged care and architectural innovation are not usually identified as partners.   Over many years aged care developments have typically become homogenous institutions that rely more on affordable repetition then innovation. This is generally reflected in both the architectural solutions and the service model.  Indeed they are institutionalised and basic functions are dumbed down for [...]

21 December, 2011

The Palisades, Kingscliff – a luxury duplex

“The Palisades” is a recently completed luxury duplex at Moss Street, Kingscliff. Made up of two 400m2 apartments, the dual level boutique apartments will provide a resort lifestyle for their future owners.  From the street the apartments are noticeable for the aubergine egg shaped form; a curved roof that extends from a lower level dining [...]

13 December, 2011

How do we design for organic growth in an urban environment?

A recent trip to the Americas took me to the Western coast of the USA and Colombia.  As an architect there is of course the obligatory visit to anything Gehry1 in the states and anything religious in Colombia.  As interesting as the architecture is it seems that the transient experience of these places highlights the [...]


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